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whatsthat1
10:51 AM on 10/12/2011
I guess not all Texans agree with Perry's and the "R's" program of the "dumbing" of America to save the uber-rich.
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Grogger
Nothing is guarded more fiercely than unfair gain
02:19 PM on 10/12/2011
Actually, Texas used to have the three "Rs" of education, but only found room in the budget for 2 "Rs" this fiscal year.
10:49 AM on 10/12/2011
This is just the latest chapter in problems with inequitable funding of Texas schools. This round has been sparked by deep school funding cuts imposed by the GOP-controlled legislature and Perry to resolve multi-billion $$ deficits.

The state's reliance on property taxes to fund its schools and the disparity in the wealth within those school district boundaries has resulted in inequitable funding funding formula - and several lawsuits seeking to remedy the problem. For background see: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/cons/features/0404_01/edgewood.html
gibraltar
Put in D to go forward to go backwards put it in R
10:49 AM on 10/12/2011
What if kids get even dumber than the Republicans planned?
04:24 PM on 10/13/2011
Conscription and cannon fodder, after too many years of it, I'd imagine. I certainly learned more from my mother than I ever did from the public school system, and my state is one of the highest rated for education. Problem is most don't have the money or time to *be* at home to home school their kids (which is probably the best alternate option). At least, not in what is now the lower-middleclass and not simply the middleclass. I kept my Hooked on Phonics tapes (which actually teach your child to *learn*, not memorize, gasp!) just in case; my kids are *not* going to be ignorant. It's uneducated, not stupid, please, but I do get your point.
10:46 AM on 10/12/2011
Ohio schools funding system was found unconstitutional over 20 years ago... nothing has changed. Don't hold your breath Texas
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Greenchilistew
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10:53 AM on 10/12/2011
Texas lost just such a suit about 20 years ago, however, it doesn't appear that much has changed.
10:43 AM on 10/12/2011
How many parents plan their budget to benefit their children last?
MtnGeek
Partisan thinking is an oxymoron
11:38 AM on 10/12/2011
Just Joe Walsh.
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12:17 PM on 10/12/2011
Unfortunately, far too many. Look at the parents who spend a large portion of the money on alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, expensive cars, expensive clothes and jewelry while their kids are not getting proper nutrition at home.
10:41 AM on 10/12/2011
Put 40 students in one big room with first-rate teacher and they'd be just fine. Lack of funding is BS. Lack of good teachers, lack of discipline, lack of enforcement is the problem.
10:50 AM on 10/12/2011
Really, read the article and post accordingly. The lawsuit address significant inequities among districts, not the lack of good teachers.
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Greenchilistew
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10:54 AM on 10/12/2011
And precisely how much time have you spent teaching in a classroom?
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tbone99
cruisin' duality
10:30 AM on 10/12/2011
wanted to send this story - looks like sharing via email is obsolete on Huffpo?
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10:30 AM on 10/12/2011
Corporate Communism kill the educational system, hold wages down, no workers benefits, end a government retirement program, last revamp health care that those who can pay for it survive!
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10:27 AM on 10/12/2011
This must be Rick Perry's road to prosperity in action?
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Jeff Parfitt
Two democrats walk into a bar. Three walk out.
10:18 AM on 10/12/2011
Cutting education does two things. First, it limits the value of the education that is received by the students in public schools. Second, it pushes more and more students into private and charter schools, which are very tied to the conservative "government is a business" model. Public school provides no tangible, immediate, or flexible returns on the investment which, in the business world, is a reason to cut funding. This view is why conservatives are constantly targeting education for cuts, even though government is not a business and public schooling is necessary.

The end result is that every child will be forced into privately-owned and controlled schools that are operated for profit. It will not eliminate the costs of education, but force the American People to shoulder that burden. Right now, we support our schools through taxes. When all schools are private, people will have to pay tuition fees, likely have to buy more of the supplies for their children, and be forced to take on more financial support for their children's education. It appeals to the business model of conservative government since it's all for profit and reduces the size of government and the tax obligations. Yet it would also put education out of reach for the poor, cause financial distress for many who already struggle to make ends meet, and would likely result in further drops in our education scores nationwide.

Just my view. Education is too important to our future to make it all about money.
10:17 AM on 10/12/2011
when states cant pay their bills, tough choices must be made and usually its the schools systems (who are use to the deep pockets of government to keep them funded) that take offense. Everyone must share in a states budget battles even the "sacred cow" school systems..
Allthosewhowander
My micro-bio is a microclimate
12:02 PM on 10/12/2011
The governor of my state cuts education but magically found the funds to support a, roughly, $2 million dollar renovation on the governor's mansion in the capital. The mining industry here is made up of mostly Canadian companies who take almost all of that revenue out of the state's economy and pay next to no taxes on it. The governor will not make them more accountable for what they are taking away from our state. Sacred cow school systems? With administration and curriculum company costs through the roof, teaching positions and student services seem to be the only thing being cut. How about spending priorities and accountability for the bureauracracy?
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Grogger
Nothing is guarded more fiercely than unfair gain
02:21 PM on 10/12/2011
Everyone must share, other than corporations.
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09:59 AM on 10/12/2011
Some years ago, Michigan's system of local funding of public schools via. property taxes was successfully challenged. The State (Republicans) changed the laws to fund schools from the State's "general fund" and increased the sales tax by half (from 4% to 6%) to fund it - guaranteeing schools a certain minimal funding. Lots of grumbling from wealthy districts facing cutbacks - lots of relief from rural districts unwilling to tax themselves to live their fantasy farm lives.

Of course, the State's funding guarantee has been anything but.

It seems that Texas took the worst of both approaches - local property tax funding of local schools coupled with an invasive state government (and part-time legislature.)

Michigan has also been trying to approach Texas in terms of an incompetent legislature - but in stead of being slackers (part-timers), Michigan chooses to impose term limits. Only recently have they realized that life-time pensions and medical care for part-time work doesn't look good to the voters or budget very well - and so they've applied some reforms - to new legislators a few years down the road after the current crop of locusts has moved on.

Michigan and Texas seem to be learning from each other - but the wrong things.
gibraltar
Put in D to go forward to go backwards put it in R
10:53 AM on 10/12/2011
If you'll remember the Lottery was supposed to end our problems with school funding hasn't exactly worked out has it. You are 100% right on this very activist Amway legislature. They are trying to absolutely destroy all that has been good in Michigan!
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claude z
Proud Liberal :-)
09:59 AM on 10/12/2011
GOP out now!
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10:28 AM on 10/12/2011
F&F
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TexasTreader
Right of John Wayne
09:52 AM on 10/12/2011
This'll be tough but try to keep up. San Antonio has a higher percentage of illegals than Austin. With that different demographic they also have lower costs for products and services and depressed property values resulting in lower taxes. Another thing San Antonio has is more families per home. This is important. When 3 families live in a single family home the statistical truth is that you have 2 families getting a free ride on the tax revenue of one. That's the bed San Antonio has made.
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Greenchilistew
Just say "NO" to micro-bio!
10:56 AM on 10/12/2011
You are a self identified teabagger. I would have expected nothing less than the kind of post you provided.
09:50 AM on 10/12/2011
There are 700,000 illegals in Texas on average they have 3.2 children.

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/illegal.pdf

Texans spend $11.000 per year per pupil on primary education.

700,000*2.24 million children.

2.24 million*$11,000= twenty-four billion six hundred forty million DOLLARS!!!!!!
11:14 AM on 10/12/2011
Your math is based upon the assumption that illegals are living in a tent on the side of the road. More than likely, they are living in apartments or renting. The owners of those rentals pay property taxes. The illegals living in those rentals pay the owners. Thus the illegals end up adding to the tax coffers.